Easter bring to mind two things for me. First and foremost the resurrection of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. For the Christian there is no occasion more joyous than this, the celebration of our salvation and Him who saved us. Second is Easter eggs. I love Easter eggs. I’m sure there are those that will claim the Easter egg is a pagan tradition, but as far as I am concerned God created eggs and I’m glad He did. I love decorating the eggs and I love hiding them. Last year was the first time that my son really understood the Easter egg hunt and I had such a wonderful time watching him discover each new egg.
Yesterday afternoon I bought some farm fresh eggs that are so beautiful it made me wonder if I should even bother decorating eggs. Of course, I will just because it is fun, and we can eat these rainbow eggs for Easter breakfast.
Farm fresh eggs beat anything you will ever get at the grocery store. My husband and I have made a commitment to feed our family real food grown/raised responsibly, and whenever possible locally. Farm fresh eggs are a great way to have some control over what your family is eating. Knowing how the chickens who lay your eggs eat and live, allows you to feed your family with confidence. If you don’t know where to find farm fresh eggs get out to your local farmer’s market. And don’t be afraid to ask to visit the farm, most people will be proud to show you how they raise their chickens. You might even consider raising your own chickens. Even in suburban areas many cities have ordinances that allow you to keep 3-4 hens for eggs. The owner of our local lumber yard told my husband that this year he has sold more materials to people building chicken coops than ever before.
I have wanted to raise my own chicken for quite some time. This year my husband built me a chicken coop so Thursday I picked up my first chicks.
I bought eighteen cockerels and twelve pullets all dual purpose breeds. In 8-10 weeks we will be enjoying our first homegrown chicken dinner. It is kind of hard to believe that those cute, fluffy chicks are going to end up on the dinner table, but luckily by the time I have to butcher my first chicken they won’t be quite so cute. Of the twelve pullets that I bought I am hoping to keep six to eight of them for egg laying. It takes 20-24 weeks for pullets to begin laying so I will be looking for my first eggs some time in August.
I’ve read that eggs are the perfect food. They contain every nutrient essential to life except vitamin C . Over the next couple of months, as I am eagerly awaiting my first eggs, I will share some of my favorite egg recipes with you.
Have a wonderful Easter!